January marked CES, of course, and Panasonic put their annual release line in front of every scrutinizing eye in the room. The TC-PST30 is one that we noticed right away, and believe that it could very well be the best value for an entry-level 3D plasma on the market this year. Once we tinkered with it a bit, there was no doubt that anyone finding a better deal than this should snap it up and run before someone realizes that you stole it.
This unit has a 50-inch screen and sells for $1,350. What?! That’s a heck of a bargain for a 3D plasma with some size, isn’t it? The higher end TC-PGT30 has the THX moniker, but really, if the picture’s the same, will you really notice? Well, yes, but if this is your first time into the 3D pool, then probably not.
If we could find one thing to nitpick about this unit, it’s the aesthetic look. It isn’t quite as sleek as we like our 3D TVs to be, but in the end, you’re really buying a great 3D set while saving some cash to actually beef-up the 3D Blu-ray collection. Panasonic hit a home run here, and we walked away more than impressed. Then we went a bought one for our Mom…
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Panasonic understands that some of you out there simply don’t want, or can’t afford, to get involved in the 3D movement right now. Well, for you, they’re offering up a quality Blu-ray player that doesn’t have any 3D capabilities. This should help keep the cost down for those looking to upgrade a bit at a time. The DMP-BD75 delivers a great picture, and though the 3D is missing, you’ll definitely be getting the quality that Panasonic delivers with every unit.
The player isn’t going to win any fashion contests, mind you, but the USB port and SD card slot still give you the connectivity that so many crave these days. Further, the HDMI AV outputs are simple and are perfect if you have a simple entertainment unit. However, there isn’t much room to grow on this unit, so if you pick one up, you may need to upgrade down the road to ensure that you’re maximizing your technology.
An Ethernet port is how you’ll load firmwire updates, but don’t expect to get into Viera Connect or Skype. These units are designed to be bare-bones, keeping the costs low, and offering a Blu-ray option for those that don’t want to shell out for an expensive player right now. All in all, this is a solid buy if you don’t mind the simplicity of it.
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Panasonic knows how to make a quality Blu-ray player. They’re stepping up their game by adhering to the age old concept of “less is more”…in a sense, anyway. In this case, less is less when considering price, which may be exactly what some of the market is waiting for. The DMP-BDT110 3D Blu-ray player is basically the 310 high-end unit without all of the bells and whistles that drive the cost up.
Users will get the high-quality player that every entertainment setup needs, though they’ll be missing out on a lot of the connectivity that the higher end models offer. Many that are just now getting into the Blu-ray game don’t need all of the connections that the more expensive models deliver, which shows that Panasonic has been doing their homework. Sure, you won’t get to show off the Touch Free Sensor that opens the disc-tray by a simple wave of the hand, but hey, that’s all for show anyway, right?
A single HDMI v1.4 output, half of what the other models offer up, and the USB port is hidden behind a drop down panel on the front of the unit. This helps to maintain the sleek style that we’ve grown to love about Panasonic’s Blu-ray line. The play quality is great, and with the exception of the connection omissions, there’s no doubt that for the money, this player can get a newbie into the Blu-ray game seamlessly.
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With Blu-ray player lines ramping up for the summer and subsequent holiday season later this year, Panasonic is offering up a great entry-level unit for anyone that has held off to this point. The DMP-BDT110 provides many of the same features that have made the line so popular, but Panasonic has shaved a few of the perks off to help with the overall price tag.
With an external appearance much like the 210 and 310 models, the 110 has a sleek design that will help your entertainment area save some space and look good doing it. Sure, you won’t have the Touch Free Sensor that the other models utilize, but this just means that you’ll have to push a button to open the disc-tray. I’m sure most of us can handle a talk like that. Also, you’ll only have one HDMI v1.4 output instead of two.
The connectivity is pared down a little, but you will still have composite AV outputs as well as Ethernet and USB connections. If you want to rock some 3D content, you’ll need a receiver with this unit, so that’s ultimately the biggest drawback. All in all, the unit is built with the same quality construction that we’ve seen in the higher end models, but simply lacks some of the punch in terms of goodies. For an entry level Blu-ray player, the DMP-BDT110 should be a perfect match for anyone on a budet.
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3D Blu-ray players are hitting the market left and right, but Panasonic is looking to deliver a unit line with some serious punch. The DMR-BWT700 and 800 models are loaded, and the UK release should let us know how consumers are going to embrace the new line. Complete with Freeview+HD, onboard twin tuners, and 5.1 surround sound, 3D content should be blasting through your living room in no time.
A popular feature is the ability to convert 2D content to 3D delivery. This means that any recorded content can be converted and then ultimately shown in 3D. This should be a mainstay until programs and content reach a point that the conversion to 3D is no longer need. We can hope, but in the meantime, there’s no doubt that this ability is a must for those with 3D televisions.
Finally, the connectivity of these units places a cherry on top of the sundae. Wi-Fi capabilities combined with Panasonic’s content host “Viera Cast” should help to draw the attention of upgrade-ready consumers everywhere. An expedited recording function allows you to record content to a Blu-ray drive at speeds we haven’t previously seen. If you’re primed for an upgrade, this isn’t a bad place to start.
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The prospect of getting into the 3D experience can sometimes need some prodding. However, Panasonic is looking to capture your business by offering up some content with the purchase of one of their selected Blu-ray models. If you buy a player or home theatre system, you can get a special 3D Blu-ray edition of Avatar to kick off the movie celebration in your living room.
Given the fact that this disc currently isn’t available anywhere else, look for many to take the bait and purchase a Blu-ray player from Panasonic. In fact, I don’t believe that this will be the last time we’ll see this trend. It definitely isn’t the first. How many gaming systems came with a game when you bought it? This has dated back to the original Nintendo (and maybe further though my age won’t allow me to validate that).
In addition to the players and home theatre setups, you can snag a copy of the film through their 3D Essential’s Package. You’ll get a 3D Blu-ray of Avatar and two sets of 3D glasses. Or, you can really take the plunge and buy a Panasonic Full 3D HD Plasma. Any of these avenues will deliver the special edition Blu-ray disc, but you’ll need to make your move between March 1, 2011 and February 29, 2012. After that, all bets are off…
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Panasonic announced release dates in April for new line of HD and 3D TVs
When it comes to 3D TVs, Panasonic always seems to be pushing the envelope. The 2011 Viera LED-backlit LCD TVs includes two models that will host 3D technology. Scheduled for release in April, followed by a May release of flat panel designs, Panasonic is improving the Internet capabilities, as well as suites that include Gameloft.
The wider viewing angles will be immediately noticed in the TC-L37T30 (37-inch) and the TC-L32T30 (32-inch), and the ability to utilize wired or Wi-Fi internet connections will allow consumers to stream Hulu Plus, Netflix, Pandora, Facebook, and much more in the comfort of their living room. The HDMI connections and USB ports are standard on the E3 series as well, giving options to many who still aren’t sold on the 3D movement.
The 3D models range from $1199.95 to $1299.95, while the non-3D models both come in under $1000.00. And, for those on a budget still looking to get in on the better technology, the smaller E30 line is available with the 19-inch model pricing at just $249.95. There is a larger model: a 42-inch high performance E30 checks in at $1149.95 and has plenty of features that’ll make anyone smile. College dorm rooms beware…
At CES -2011, Panasonic has claimed bright future for 3D TV. According to them around 32 percent of the TV purchased by 2014 will be 3D TV.
At their press conference Shiro Kitajima, Panasonic company President said that in the current market 3D is unstoppable force as in the near future vast 3D products are going to be announced from all the consumer electronics companies.
All these companies are into big range, small range as well as medium range products of 3D TVs. Panasonic is going to be in 3D business in a big way and slowly every customer is going to end up buying 3D TV for his house whether he likes it or not. The product he mentioned here are TVs, Cameras, Computers, camcorders and blu-ray players.
The new range of Panasonic blue ray that will hit the market in 2011 will have three fourth devices will be 3D capable. Last year they introduced 3D camcorder – HDC SDT750, this year they will be giving 5 new models for the camcorders. The starting price of the camcorders will be $1000.
According to the Panasonic, out of all their new products the most exciting product is Viera Tablet which is the latest version of the companies VT30 range of high end 3D TVs.
Till today Panasonic Plasmas are the best TVs for crosstalk, but the picture is little less dazzling than their Direct LED 3D TVs. As the days at CES progressed we will come to know many more things about the new features of the Panasonic 3D produtcts.